Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Otsego County
MIDDLEFIELD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Health Officials in Otsego County want the public to know that a raccoon has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was found in a barn in the Town of Middlefield on Wednesday, January 30 and had contact with a cow. The cow was up to date with rabies vaccinations and boosted and there is no known human rabies exposure to the raccoon, officials said. The raccoon was euthanized and sent to the state lab for rabies testing. Officials say this is the first rabies positive animal in Otsego County in 2013. Health officials warn that rabies is a fatal viral infection that can be transmitted through the bite or scratch of an infected animal or contact with saliva to broken skin or mucus membranes. The public is cautioned to stay away from any stray or wild animals and instruct their children to do so also. It is New York State Law that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated for rabies. Unvaccinated pets in contact with wildlife that is suspected or confirmed to be rabid must be either euthanized or strictly quarantined at the owner's expense for six months.